Penguin Chicks: From Fluff to Tuxedo

For the African Penguin parenting is a serious task, both male and female must take turns to provide a constant supply of food to feed their chicks.  As they  grow their appearance changes from cute fluffball through a period of looking quite seedy as their chick down is gradually replaced by sleek gray/blue feathers.  They fledge within 60 – 120 days and leave the colony to make it on their own, spending a period of between twelve and twenty-two months out at sea before returning to their natal colony to molt into their adult plumage.

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33 thoughts on “Penguin Chicks: From Fluff to Tuxedo

  1. Aaaaaaaaah, Liz, they’re gorgeouuuuuuuuuus! : like puppies… please don’t change! 🙂
    Have a great week.
    Big hug from the Rhine Valley

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